Myrna Kostash is an acclaimed writer of literary and creative nonfiction who makes her home in Edmonton when she is not travelling in pursuit of her varied literary interests and passions. These have taken her from school halls in Vancouver, BC, to Ukrainian weddings in Two Hills, Alberta; from the site of the mass grave of Cree warriors in Battleford, Saskatchewan, to a fishers’ meeting in Digby, Nova Scotia; from the British Library in London, UK, to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. She is inspired in her work by her childhood in the Ukrainian-Canadian community of Edmonton, her rites of passage through the Sixties in the US, Canada and Europe, by her discovery of the New Journalism and feminism in the 1970s, by her rediscovery of her western Canadian roots in the 1980s, and most recently, by her return to her spiritual sources in Byzantium and the Eastern Christian (Orthodox) Church.
Myrna’s interview with Greek writer, Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, appears in the current Brick magazine (Myrna’s favourite hot spot for literary nonfiction). Buy a copy!
Myrna’s most recent book, The Seven Oaks Reader, continues to get notice:
September 6, 2017 Myrna was one of three Edmonton writers – others were Paula Simons and Richard van Camp (great company!) -who read from and discussed their essays.